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SUPER EAGLES ESCAPE MAJOR UPSET, BEAT BENIN REPUBLIC

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Nigeria’s Super Eagles came from a goal down to overcome a determined Benin Republic side, 2-1 in the opening Group L match of the qualifying series of the 2021 Africa Cup on Nations in Uyo.

The visiting side, through Stephane Sessegnon shot ahead after five minutes to throw the Nigerian side into panic mood. The Benin players thereafter resorted to defensive and time wasting tactics.

Almost on the dot of the first half, the Super Eagles were rescued following a foul play on Ola Aina by a Benin Republic defender in the penalty box.

Victor Osimhen converted the spot kick to give the Super Eagles a breather.

The Nigerian side resumed the second half and piled pressure after pressure. Their efforts got rewarded when Samuel Kalu waltzed through a sea of legs to score in the 62nd minute to give Nigeria a winning start.

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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